Hogging the high road

The Philippine’s capo del capi, Rodrigo Duterte, yesterday spoke of his “sorrow” on having to give-up his motorcycles on becoming president, and offered his thoughts on riding and why it’s not worth owning a Harley. He banged-on (at some considerable length) about touring the Philippines by motorbike and how as a city mayor he used to ride every week on a motorcycle that his security team made him junk after winning the presidency earlier in the year.

Duterte’s pose as an urban cowboy is a major part of his “hard man” image that has endeared him to those millions of Filipinos who haven’t yet lost a family member to his “robust” approach to law enforcement. In spite of his apparent enthusiasm for dishing-out legal proceedings to offenders at the “pointy-end” he boasted of having reached speeds of 180 kph and owning a Yamaha and Honda as well as a Harley Davidson, although he said he was not too happy with the “hog” model as it over-heated. “Throw it in the ditch. It is useless and hot,” he said.

So far, in his presidency, more than 2,500 people have been killed, about three-quarters in police operations, and the rest apparently victims of vigilantes or druglords eliminating rivals.


The new ‘bike for the Drug Squad in down-town Manila, 2017.

I wonder how long before traffic offences start to attract the same level of official approbation.


View from a Rhino House: high-flyers

Yesterday Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, many returning from a music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”.

The flight attendant said on the PA, that sniffer dogs & “specialist” officers were on standby in Sydney, which caused an immediate a rush to the plane’s toilets, local newspapers reported.

The airline said that the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plants & fruits being transported between states, a little too far. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen & are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team,” Jeststar said in an emailed statement.

The indie music festival, Splendour in the Grass, is the largest of its kind in Australia, & is held for 3 days near the tourist resort of Byron Bay, about an hour’s drive south of the Gold Coast.

The festival draws about 30,000 fans to Byron Bay’s seaside parklands each year, many of them enthusiastic gardeners who enjoy a chance to hang-out with like-minded souls & discuss proper lawn maintenance to some serious chill-out sounds.

The higher they fly, the harder they fall.

Safe & sound, & ready to party.

Safe & sound, & ready to party.


Educational toys #1

As part of the national road safety campaign, Japanese educators gave out more than a million of those at schools. In subsequent years it became clear that the gifts had been funded by a group of child psychiatrists & a frug company specialising in pre-teen tranquillisers.

As part of the National Road Safety campaign, Japanese educators gave out more than a million of these at schools. In subsequent years it became clear that the gifts had been funded by a group of child psychiatrists & a drug company specialising in pre-teen tranquillisers.

View from a Rhino House: posting for pleasure

Police in Seattle yesterday reported that a local man who became concerned after receiving two parcels containing marijuana over the past month took the latest unexpected gift (about 15 grammes) to his local police station.

The man trashed the first parcel of weed when it arrived last month, but on Monday, after another package was delivered courtesy of the, currently beleaguered, US Postal Service, he took it to authorities.

Washington & Colorado legalised recreational pot in 2012, & Washington law allows people to possess up to 28 grammes of marijuana. Shipping the drug through the U.S. Postal Service, however, remains illegal as the federal government currently classifies marijuana as an illegal narcotic. (Although the current administration has issued guidelines allowing states to experiment with legalised cannabis.)

Authorities said the pot mailed to the Seattle man’s home came marked “return to sender, insufficient postage,” & had been addressed to an office in Georgia. It listed the man’s home as the return address.

“Federally it is still considered a crime, so you absolutely cannot under any circumstance send marijuana through the mail,” a police spokeswoman said, adding that a similar incident happened about a year ago. In both cases, police “documented” (what on earth does that mean?) the pot before destroying it.

The spokeswoman said the cases do not appear to indicate a broader problem of people mailing pot from Washington state to states where possession of the drug remains against the law.

“We don’t see this very often,” she said. “For us it’s not something we’re worried about.”

So it’s either the US Post Office channeling Bob Marley or trying to raise cash by fake charges for insufficient postage (well above the street value of 15g of dope) or it’s FedEx trying to advertise a legal competitive advantage over the tax-eating, socialist, government controlled opposition*.

"OK. NOW can I bite the mailman?"

“OK. NOW can I bite the mailman?”